New Tenure Track Faculty



Communication Studies and Organizational Communication


Communication Studies and Organizational Communication

Betsy Dalton (PhD, University of Tennessee) is joining the COST/ORCO faculty as an assistant professor.  She is moving from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned her PhD in Communication & Information, worked as a lecturer in the School of Communication Studies, and held a postdoc position with the Center for Information & Communication Studies.  Her primary areas of research are within health communication and scholarly communication.  She enjoys teaching interpersonal communication, organizational communication, research methods, and health communication.  Originally from Nashville and an MTSU alumna, Betsy is excited to be returning home with her husband Rob, sons Will and Stuart, dog Chloe, and cat Toby.


DeAnne Priddis (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is teaching Interview Communication, Conflict and Organizations, and Organizational Communication Analysis this fall semester.  She has a PhD in Interpersonal/Conflict Communication, Master's in Human Resources Training & Development, and Bachelor's in Orgainzational Administration.  She has several years of work experience in Human Resources, primarily in adminstrative or training and development roles, which she integrates into her classroom and research.  Additional areas of her research include Conflict - Interpersonal and Organizational, Topic Avoidance and Difficult Conversations, Intergenerational Communication, and Systems Communication - Family, Groups, Organizational.


Heather Hundley (PhD, University of Utah) is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Communication.  Her scholarship and teaching focus on media studies, critical/cultural, rhetoric studies, and representations of identities. Her research has been published in journals including New Media & Society, Communication Quarterly, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Men's Studies.  She has coauthored or coedited 3 books, published 12 peer, blind reviewed journal articles, and 7 book chapters.  Currently she serves as the Executive Director of the Western States Communication Association and is working on a coauthored textbook on Thetorical Theories.




Tenure Track English

Eric Detweiler (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) teaches courses on rhetoric, writing, and composing with digital media, especially digital audio. His main research project explores the authority relationship between teachers and students in both historical and present-day rhetoric and writing classes.  In addition to writing pedagogy and rhetorical theory, Eric does research in the areas of sound studies and sonic rhetorics. His work has appeared in the journals Philosophy & Rhetoric, Enculturation, Kairos, and the Journal of Popular Culture.  He also runs Rhetoricity, a podcast on rhetorical theory.  You can find out more at


 Foreign Languages & Literatures


Foreign Languages & Literatures

Luciana Prestes (PhD, University of Tennessee) was born in Natal, Brazil.  She attended Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB) in João Pessoa-Brazil, where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Letras (Language and Literature) in 2002.  In 2004, she was accepted in the Master's progam in Foreign Languages and Literatures at Middle Tennessee State University.  She worked as a FTT at this institution for one year after completing her degree.  In 2008, Luciana began working on her PhD in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature with a major concentration in Spanish and a minor in Portuguese.  Her area of interest comprehends gender, race and self-representation literature.  She currently teaches Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture.  Luciana lives in Nashville with her husband Gary and their daughter Emilia Clare.




History Tenure Track

Molly Taylor-Poleskey (PhD, Stanford University) is an assistant professor of Digital History.  She completed her PhD from Stanford University in March 2016 with a dissertation on food culture at the court of the Great Elector, Friedrich Wilhelm (1640-1688) of Brandenburg-Prussia.  Her scholarly work gravitates towards questions of cultural exchange and travel.  For more information about her work, please visit:  


Political Science and International Relations


PS and International Relations Tenure Track Faculty

Donald Campbell (PhD, University of Florida) was a professor of law at Mississippi College School of Law for the past eight years, where he taught Ethics and Professional Responsibilty, Property, Will & Estates, Environmental Law, and Construction Law.  He obtained his PhD in political science, his dissertation focusing on the federal judicial confirmation process.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his J.D. summa cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law.  Donald served as a clerk for the Honorable Leslie Southwick on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before going to Mississippi College School of Law.


Jennifer Woodward (PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York).  Her research focuses on the development and implementation of civil rights laws in education and employment.  By looking at the potential of law, courts, and government agencies to shape and be shaped by society, she evaulates the everyday encounters between individuals and the laws designed to protect them.  Before joining MTSU Jennifer was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary, Law and Society Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, researcher at the New York Latino Research and Resources Network, in staffing services for the New York State Department of Civil Service, and an instructor at the University of Albany, State University of New York. Currently, she is working on projects related to early interpretations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the public, and interest groups.  Other research projects focus on the importance of teaching pedagogy in higher education and the implementation capacity of government agencies.


 Sociology & Anthropology


Sociology & Anthropology Tenure Track

Paul Eubanks (PhD, University of Alabama) is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the prehistory of the southeastern United States.  His research deals with the development of complex societies, economic specialization, population aggregation, and the role of salt in world history and prehistory.  He received his doctoral degree in the spring of 2016.  He also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As an assistant professor, he is currently teaching World Prehistory and The Archaeology of Salt. In the summer of 2017, he will be directing an archaeological field school at the Castalian Springs Mound Site in Sumner County, Tennessee.


 Theatre & Dance


Theatre & Dance Faculty

Nicholas S. Ryan (MFA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an assistant professor of Technical Theatre.  He previously was an instructor of Theatre at Tennessee Tech University.  He earned his B.A. from Georgia Southwestern State University.  While attending UNC for his MFA in Technical Producation, Nicholas worked for PlayMakers Repertory Company, a LORT D theatre, where he served as Production Technical Director for Noël Coward's Private Lives.  Nicholas also worked for Cortland Repertory Theatre, where he served as Technical Director for the 2013 season.  Notable productions from Cortland include Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, and I'll Be Back Before Midnight.  He also worked on the sets for Scapin, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Les Misérables for the Randall L. Jones Theatre.